Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)
In the Sanskrit language, the root word asva (pronounced “ashwa”) refers to horse or stallion. Thus, the aptly named and most popular of the Ayurvedic herbs, ashwagandha, is widely touted for its potent or powerful energetic and rejuvenating effects on the physical, mental, and emotional body. Native to India, it is also often referred to as the Indian ginseng.
Ashwagandha has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is known as an adaptogen, or specifically, an adaptogenic herb, meaning that it helps the body adapt to stress and anxiety, and restores normal physiological functioning. As a supplement, the ashwagandha herb provides a natural source of energy and is among the most studied of the Ayurvedic herbal medicines. To date, over 200 studies and professional reviews of this wondrous herb have demonstrated its ability to lower cortisol levels, improve thyroid function, rejuvenate the adrenals, reduce depression and anxiety, combat the effects of stress, strengthen the immune system after illness, increase stamina and endurance, stabilize blood sugar, lower cholesterol, boost immunity, enhance brain function and reduce brain cell degeneration.
Ashwangandha has even been shown to provide benefits in cancer treatment by reducing immunosuppression and easing the pain of chemotherapy treatment. Indeed, it is a miraculous herb and a gift of Mother Nature.
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Serving size: 1 capsule
Servings per container: 60/90
Each 540 mg tablet contains:
•Organic Ashwaganda Root Powder (Withania Somnifera) 350 mg
•Organic Ashwaganda Extract 150 mg
(KSM66, Standardized >5% Withanaloids)
•Proprietary Enhanced Absorption Complex 40 mg
(Bioperine R, Organic Black Pepper Extract, Organic Ginger Root Powder, Organic Cumin Powder)
Suggested Use: 1 – 2 capsules per day, or as directed by your health practitioner.
This item is cruelty-free. It contains no animal products and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
CAUTION: Consult your health professional before use if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you have diabetes, stomach ulcer, auto-immune disease, or if you are taking thyroid hormone or other prescription medications. Keep out of reach of children.
An ashwagandha supplement is considered safe when used as general restorative, and also as a medicinal herb in appropriate therapeutic doses. Use an ashwagandha supplement daily to rejuvenate the body, promote energy, improve mood and combat stress and anxiety. (Note: the proper ashwagandha dose depends on a variety of factors. Ensure a qualified doctor or health care specialist reviews your health before to determine the correct dosage).
Evidence also suggests that this herb can provide benefits for the following conditions:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)**
- Cerebellar ataxia**
- High cholesterol**
- Male infertility**
- Parkinson’s disease**
- Liver problems**
- Swelling (inflammation)**
- Inducing vomiting**
- Altering immune system function**
- Preventing the signs of aging**
- Other conditions**
Cautions and Contraindications:
Ashwagandha is not regarded as toxic and side effects are rare. However, because of its po-tency, it may interact with certain medications, naturopathic treatments, and health conditions (such as pregnancy). People who are taking prescription drugs for anxiety or insomnia, or thy-roid hormone medicine, as well as those with diabetes, stomach ulcers, auto-immune diseases, and women who are pregnant and/or lactating should consult with their doctor prior to us-ing this product. We also discourage taking ashwagandha and alcohol together. Discontinue use immediately and consult your doctor if you feel any discomfort, pain, or physical or mental distress. Keep out of the reach of children.
How should I take this supplement?
This Indian herb is available in powder, capsule and tablet forms, and as a liquid extract. Advice on how to use it varies and may depend on the condition it is being used to treat. The traditional use is as a powder mixed with warm milk and honey. Ashwagandha pills and capsules are easy and proven effective choices for administering this therapeutic herb.
What is the recommended dosage?
As a general daily health supplement, a dose in the range of 300-500 mg per day is most commonly recommended. How much ashwagandha you should take depends on why you’re taking it. A dosage of up to 2000 mg can be used for therapeutic purposes under the supervi-sion of a qualified medical practitioner only.
Are there side effects of taking an ashwagandha supplement?
Side effects are rare, as it is considered to be a non-toxic herb. Large doses might cause stomach upset, diarrhea, and vomiting, which raises the question–is ashwagandha safe to use as a supplement? Numerous studies have shown that it is safe in therapeutic amounts under the advice of a doctor or health care specialist. Further, numerous reviews state minimal to no side effects.
Is it an herb?
Yes, the botanical name is withania somnifera. While the leaves, roots, and berries contain medicinal properties, it is primarily the root that is used in most herbal preparations and ashwagandha supplements.
What is ashwagandha extract?
It is a standardized extract with increased potency that can be used alone or blended with root powder for increased efficacy. Jiva Botanicals Organic formula combines the highest quality organic root power with an extract called KSM-66, which is the best ashwagandha extract on the world market today because it is the highest concentration full-spectrum extract available. (A “”full-spectrum”” extract is one that preserves the natural ratio of constituents of the original herb to ensure maximum effectiveness).
What is the best ashwagandha supplement?
We are proud of the Ayurvedic supplements we offer at Jiva Botanicals. All of our ingredients are of the highest quality, ethically sourced, organically grown, and free of harmful chemicals and additives. We believe that Jiva Botanicals is in the running for the best ashwagandha brand on the market today. If you’re not sure about where to buy ashwagandha, check our products page and reviews for the most competitive prices.
Does ashwagandha work?
This ayurvedic herb is one of the most well-researched. Over 200 studies to date have shown that it can effectively lower cortisol levels, improve thyroid function, rejuvenate the adrenals, reduce depression and anxiety, combat stress, strengthen the immune system, and increase stamina, as well as addressing a host of other common conditions. A quick look online shows myriad positive ashwagandha reviews. Indeed, the proven list of benefits are as long as its history!
What is the best time of day to take Ashwagandha?
The best time to take ashwagandha depends on different factors, including how it affects the individual at different times of day. Some people will find it makes them relaxed or even drowsy so taking it before bed suits them best. Others may feel more stimulating effects so it’s best taken early in the day. When taking the first dose, we recommend allowing a generous window of time in order to avoid sleepiness while having to drive for example, or overstimula-tion when trying to sleep. One may take ashwagandha in the morning or at night, according to his or her preference. For best results and to avoid adverse stomach reactions it should be taken with food or milk.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.